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Basic Maintenance for Home

Basic Maintenance for Home

If you are new to home ownership, then determining what type of checking on the home exterior needs to be done can be stressful. So, to help out, here are the place you need to be paying special attention to:

  • Gutters – The gutters of your home control the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior and protect your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they are attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It is also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
  • Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job/siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
  • Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
  • Windows – Be sure these are not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
  • Patio or deck – e sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this look better, but you can prevent any damage caused by critters/pests. Be especially vigilant against areas around windows and doors – were wood rot can occur. If you notice damage near these locations, be sure to get someone to check it out and determine the action to be taken.
  • Roofing/Shingles – Walk around your home and note any areas where shingles may have pulled away or are loose/missing. If you see any, repair them before they fall away and leave your home exposed to the elements of nature.

Dealing with home exterior issues doesn’t have to e stressful. Do some basic maintenance and then be sure to connect with the right companies within your community to help with those aspects that you don’t feel qualified to do yourself.

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

The first thing to consider is whether to choose low-voltage, LED or go with solar lights. Do you want to try using solar path lights in your garden or landscaping project? Solar path lighting options can be simple to set up and do not require much upkeep. They also don’t require an outlet. Solar lights have also become much more inexpensive over the last decade. These lights can can be a solution but there are some drawbacks. Solar lights do not work in shade or during cloudy weather and, although lighting technology is getting better, the light may be dimmer depending on the amount of sun the panel received that day. One thing to consider is to use solar light fixtures for accents or to mark the edge of a driveway or path, where you don’t expect them to light something critical to navigating the area.

Metal lighting. Low-voltage landscape lighting consists of a transformer, sometimes called a power pack, a cable and light fixtures. The transformer is used to reduce house current to a safe 12 volts and to control the lights. The cable is typically strung along the ground or can be buried. The cable connects the light fixtures to the transformer. The light fixtures are usually staked into the ground and attached to the cable with a clamp that makes the electrical connection. Kits with 50 feet of cable and six metal fixtures – enough for about 40 feet of path can cost between $120 to $200. Expect good-quality metal lights to last several years.

Plan ahead. Installing your first outdoor path lighting system can take as little as 90 minutes including unpacking, reading and understanding the instructions, measuring cable and doing the math to make sure everything is put together properly. On a dark night, use several flashlights to work out a plan before shopping for a system. Make sure your transformer and cable have enough capacity for all the fixtures you buy.

Lay out the cable first. The initial fixture should be 10 feet from the transformer and you must allow a foot of cable at the end. Install the transformer first then lay out the cable on the ground before marking the positions of the fixtures along the length that is available. It’s very important to measure these out and not just eyeball it. Lights look much better at night if they are spaced evenly and poles are vertical. Once you are thoroughly satisfied, connect the lights to the cable and cover the cable with mulch or bury them about an inch under ground.

Be safe. There are some things to be aware of when installing a low-voltage lighting system. In addition to the transformer, you will need an outdoor ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, one that automatically cuts off if there is an anomaly in the electrical flow or a surge. If necessary, find an electrician to install one. It is important to run low voltage landscape lights from an outlet and not from an extension cord – and be sure not to overload the outlet. If you plan on running cable across a path please be sure to bury the cable rather than running a cable across a path where it can be tripped over.

Tips for Novice Welders

Tips for Novice Welders

Safety

Before you get started, make sure you have bought the required safety gear, such as welding helmet, gloves, glasses, and a good fire resistant jacket. Lately, you can buy a variety of quality helmets.

Ideally, you may want to opt for an auto-darkening one. Also, you should have enough ventilation. Alternatively, you can use a strong fume extraction system.

It’s not a good idea to work beside the objects that can catch fire quickly. You may want to choose a location that is safe.

MIG, TIG And stick flux-cored

Although these terms look scary, you don’t have to worry. We will explain them in this article.

In the case of wire welding, spools of wire are fed via a gun. This can help you minimize the starts and stops. This way you can easily create proper joints. Also, it’s faster and inexpensive, especially if you want to work on thin sheets of metal.

Wire welding is of two types: flux-cored and MIG. The second type depends upon the shielding gas for protection against contamination. The only drawback of this type of welding is that you can’t do it outdoors due to the wind.

On the other hand, flux-cored welding makes use of a special wire that you can work on with or without gas.

For repair work, Stick welding is the best choice. As a matter of fact, this is the first process that is recommended for beginners. As the name suggests, stick welding involves a stick electrode. There is no need to use a wire feeder.

TIG welding is a good choice for automotive or architectural work. Also, it’s a better option if you want to work on thin sheets of metal for a seamless look.

Input Voltage

Generally, lower input voltages are enough if you want to work on thinner materials. On the other hand, high voltages are needed to work on thicker materials. If you are a beginner, you may want to use a machine that allows you to switch between 110v and 220v.

User Interface

It won’t be easier for you to configure the welding settings as a beginner. Therefore, we suggest that you opt for a welding machine that has an easy to understand interface. Based on the project type, you can set the right voltage.

Consumables

Based on the welding process, make sure you opt for the right consumables. As you get better at your job, you can easily recognize different types of consumables. This can help you opt for the right brand.

Tips Buying Home Siding

Tips Buying Home Siding

  • Have an understanding of what type of siding will be best for your home and region. You can find this out by talking to local builders or home improvement professionals.
  • Ask an installer to come out and determine how much siding your home will need. Or a simple way to get an estimate is to simply multiply the height times the width of each rectangular section of your house in feet, going by what you can measure from the ground, to determine its area. Multiply the approximate height and width of gables and other triangular surfaces and divide each total by two. Then add all the totals. To allow for waste, don’t subtract for doors, windows, or other areas that won’t be covered. Finally, divide the total square footage by 100 to estimate how many squares of siding you’ll need. A square represents 100 square feet.
  • Take into consideration the amount for upkeep and cost for the chosen siding. Plastic siding can resemble cedar but will cost more than vinyl and require little to no upkeep. Fiber cement siding is fire and insect proof, but can be subject to water damage; it must be repainted from time to time, though less often than wood. Vinyl siding requires less work of the three and won’t warp or twist, and is lower in price.
  • Think about the desired finished appearance of your home, then choose siding appropriately. For instance, on a clapboard-style home, vinyl that is raised ¾ of inch will deepen shadow lines and give the appearance of wood.
  • · If you want to add more rigidity, then be sure to plan for more foam backing for the insulation.
  • · You can sometimes minimize how many pieces if siding you need, by choosing to use vinyl siding that comes in 16-foot or longer lengths to reduce the number of seams on long, unbroken walls.

Choosing a replacement from your home’s siding does not have to be stressful. But it will require you do some homework. By using these tips, you can simplify the process. You can make things even easier by talking to local home siding experts and learning what to expect with a particular siding option. Don’t put off getting new siding. Talk to a pro today.

About Rubbish Removal Service

About Rubbish Removal Service

The rubbish that is generated that requires such service can be of various natures. Some are toxic; some cannot be recycled while other can get rotten and produce foul smell or litter that would disturb the people around it. A proper service team can help you to identify the types of waste while they remove it. They take proper precaution so that no harm can come to you or your belongings while removing. The wastes are also collected without any spillage and to the last remaining bit so you don’t have to worry about the residual waste.

Another thing to remember while selecting such services is to look for what is the technique they are using to dispose of the waste. You should also have a conversation about the dumping area where they are going to take the wastes to avoid any future harassment. The different types of wastes need different handling and carrying containers too, so you should keep your eyes open about that too. Whether it is bio-degradable container, or a steel one, if you are in any doubt feel free to ask them.

One of the most important types of waste that we come across nowadays is e-waste. It is nothing but the unused or rejected components of computers, printers or laptop or even mobile phones. These can create a lot of environmental hazards if not disposed off in a very controlled manner. The e-wastes are known to wreck havoc for the soil fertility to our health, thus these cannot be dumped with the general rubbish. Be sure to ask for their accountability while disposing such wastes.

Having Aluminium Curtain Walling

Having Aluminium Curtain Walling

Aluminium curtain walling is an outer structure that protects the building frame. It generally is build up of materials like glass and aluminium frames.

If you are planning to start construction of your building and are searching for the best options for protection, then down below are few advantages and disadvantages listed of curtain walls.

Weighing all advantages of Curtain walls

  • Lighting and elegance. The combination of aluminium frames and glass material together makes it a very classy option to use, also allows the abundance of daylight to walk in, thus leading to less use of power consumption during the daytime.
  • No UV rays. UV – the ultraviolet rays are very harmful to any skin, as they can cause severe disease in long run. It is necessary to opt for a material that is very friendly in terms of harmful rays. The design of the wall confirms the 99% reduction of harmful and toxic UV rays to the human bodies.
  • Wind resistant. The structure of the wall is very efficient in keeping away the wind and forces that are acting against the building.
  • Fire extinguisher. The design of the wall is very helpful in preventing the fire from spreading floor to floor.

Disadvantages of curtain walls

  • Great Cost and time. These walls are very ineffective in terms of cost and time management. The Huge cost is involved while shipping the material and storing them. The time taken to complete the structure is very long too.
  • Replacement of sealant. To keep the wind and moisture at vicinity, a sealant is applied to the perimeter of the structure. The sealant needs to be replaced after every 10 years or so.
  • Peculiar Cleaning. These walls require huge cleaning and maintenance on an everyday basis. As aluminium frames are generally painted or are anodized. It is necessary to make sure that the cleaning near the anodized parts is done very carefully, as cleaning supplies or detergent can clear off the coating from such frames or material.

From curtain walling to perforated roller shutters, there are various options in the market that are very responsive and advanced towards the styling and security of any venture.

Snow Removal Contract

Snow Removal Contract

When filling out a snow removal contract there should be certain information included in the contract, which includes, but not limited to: Address of the property for snow removal. Name(s) of the person who owns the property. The name, address, and phone number of the company that is removing the snow. Length of the contract. How much for snow removal. What the company is suppose to do such as the driveway, sidewalks, etc. When it is suppose to be done. How much it will cost. How payments are to be made. What will happen if the bill is not paid

One of the most important aspects of such a contract is the fee schedule. There is usually no set fee but a price is set for each type of snow removal. It also should include how the services will be billed and when. Some companies want to be paid the day of the service while others will bill you each month for services rendered. Choose a company that best suits the way bills are paid. This is important to know, especially areas where there is sporadic snowfall.

Another important factor in such a contract is the time when the snow removal will take place. Many time individuals may not care when their driveways or sidewalks are done but others may. This is especially true for businesses, factories, restaurants, etc. They may be stricter about snow removal. For example, a restaurant may want it all done by the time they are open and if it is a particular heavy snowfall, they may want it done a couple of times during the day. It is important that the parking lots and sidewalks be clean and free from snow and ice to prevent someone from falling. If someone falls then they could sue the business so that is why it important to know when it will be done and how often.

Convert Your Living Room

Convert Your Living Room

Kept spotlessly clean, the living room location permitted the homemaker to entertain guests without their getting far into the dwelling (where messes lurked). A home maker might comfortably engage in polite and interesting conversation, and make an impression on guests in the living room. That location, the most formal, coat-and-tie room in the house, exuded sophistication as well as cleanliness and it wordlessly identified the family as rising in social status (or it did not). But, housing changed in the U.S. in the 1970’s when people wanted to express themselves, to have more choice, and they cared less about what guests thought of them.

They cared more about configuring their home with imaginative and useful living space. Still, even today, most newly constructed homes, as well as the ones built before the 1970s, have living rooms. Yet, the family room (where the radio once rested, then the television set sat, and now the wide-screen TV mounts upon a wall) practically centers both the family and their guests. Entertainment in the digital age, not simple conversation, requires access to digital content (no coat-and-tie necessary or wanted).

Homeowners began to remodel their living rooms into home offices, a special room ensconced with a desk, a computer work station, and online access. Then, the computer work station evolved to become the source of computer games and many former living rooms and offices became online gaming rooms. Now, neither computing nor gaming require sequestering in a room. A tablet or a laptop enables mobile computing and a smart phone enables online gaming.

Protect Your Home From Winter

Protect Your Home From Winter

The winter season brings with it challenges that aren’t purely seasonal in nature; the holiday season comes with a heavy increase in foot traffic around the house as people spend a lot of time indoors. This double effect can combine to do some real damage to your beautiful hardwood floors if you aren’t prepared. Let’s take a quick look at how the changing season can harm your flooring and how you can prevent this from happening.

Common Winter Elemental Damages

  • Gap formation: The air that your air-conditioning systems will be circulating throughout your home in the winter season is much drier than the type of air that circulates during the summer months. The effect this has on wood is that it causes it to slightly lose its moisture content, leading to the creation of small gaps where planks meet. You shouldn’t worry too much about this, as it’s to be expected. Once temperatures warm up, they will absorb a bit of moisture and return to normal.
  • Scratches and scrapes: Mud, salt, dead leaves, dirt, and snow can all combine to create unsightly scratches and scrapes on your floors once they are unintentionally brought into the house on the bottoms of boots and shoes.
  • Rot: If left to lie untouched for long enough, some of these winter elements can make their way into your flooring, causing the wood to rot. This is to be avoided at all costs, as serious cases might make it necessary to seek professional services to repair.
    What Can I Do to Avoid Them?
  • Maintain temperatures: What leads to the creation of gaps in your flooring is the changing temperature levels and humidity. A good way to counteract this effect is to maintain your thermostat settings at a constant even temperature, avoiding turning your heat up and down.
  • Clean up: Regularly sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming your floors prevents the build-up of sludge and leftover snow that might eventually lead to rot.
  • Take the shoes off: Simply taking off shoes and boots before coming indoors will go a long way in avoiding most of the winter-borne floor difficulties. Before they come indoors, have your family and friends take note!
  • Cover up: Rugs, carpets, and floor-mats are a great way to protect your floors, especially in high-traffic areas which experience the most stress. Unwanted elements simply won’t have the chance to get at your floors.

Safety Ways For Removing Snow And Ice

Safety Ways For Removing Snow And Ice

Shovelling Your Driveway

Slips and falls can be prevented when you keep your driveway and walkway clear of snow and ice. It is very crucial that you keep some safety tips in mind each time you shovel.

  • Know if you must not shovel – There are certain people who are prone to injuries if they shovel snow. If you have a history of cardiac problems, avoid doing this activity.
  • Dress appropriately – It can be tempting to just run out and remove the snow and ice on your walkway regardless of what you are wearing. If you dress the right clothing for this activity, injuries can be prevented. It is highly advised that you dress in layers – wear a head covering, a scarf, warm socks, and gloves. Moreover, wear waterproof booth with slip-resistant soles.
  • Use the right shovel – Make sure to use the shovel that fits your body size and your level of strength. Choose one that has a handle that is the right length for your height. If you use one that has short handle, you may be leaning forward more. This will put you the risk of a back injury. Most importantly, choose one that is very comfortable to use.
  • Be cautious with deep snow – You must remove the snow when the ground is lightly covered. This will reduce the accumulation of packed, heavy snow. Instead of lifting the snow, just push it. But if lifting it is necessary, do not overload the shovel. And when the snow is deep already, remove it in layers.
  • Always stay hydrated – When you go out to shovel, drink a bottle of water. After that, drink regularly so you don’t become dehydrated. Avoid overexerting as well. This means that you have to take breaks often. You can go indoors to warm up. And if you feel any pressure or pain in your chest, immediately call your doctor.

Removing Ice

Aside from paying attention to your footing, here are other safety tips when doing this activity.

  • Purchase the right chemical products – An efficient way of melting the ice is putting a layer of rock salt on icy areas. Be reminded though that rock salt can damage concrete and metal surfaces. This is also harmful to plants. Prior to using any ice melting products, you must carefully read the labels.
  • Remove icicles – You need to get rid of any hanging icicles from gutters and roof edges. This will prevent injuries to children if they fall.